THR is reporting that Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original Star Wars trilogy, will reprise his role in Star Wars: Episode VII. This is great news to fans who have supported Mayhew (age 69) though his many recent health struggles. They can easily use a stunt man for the more physically demanding action that Mayhew would not be able to perform, because I imagine that Chewbacca suit is pretty heavy. Let's hope we don't get a CGI Chewbacca, which is a worry for several readers on Facebook.
With no official cast other than R2-D2, Star Wars: Episode VII face punches theaters December 15, 2015.